Greetings from Shepherd of the Valley Church in Merced, CA, where everybody is welcome! 


You are invited to our community of faith, where God’s love, grace and joy abound.  We are continually amazed at how God’s Spirit is at work, alive and well, in this community. We are a church committed to growth in mission and ministry. Our ministry is centered in Spirit-filled, Christ-centered worship, every Sunday at 10 a.m. Communion is celebrated every Sunday, and all people are welcome to Christ’s table.


REV. JACK DAMIEN,  Supply Pastor

Our new supply pastor will be leading us in Sunday worship beginning February 28 as we continue our search for a Called Pastor. As a pulpit supply minister, Pastor Jack’s primary work among us will be on Sunday mornings.

Pastor Jack is a rostered minister in the ELCA. A native of Indio, he has a richly diverse background in ministry, including service as a called pastor, youth minister, and faith-based social worker.

In worship, he encourages the congregation to immerse themselves in liturgy, enjoys a deep sense of humor, and translates the biblical texts into contemporary living. Very few people fall asleep during his sermons.

You can worship online with Pastor Jack on Sunday mornings as we continue in digital worship via Zoom and on Facebook.


PAT SHAW, Council President

CAROLYN DABERKOW, Administrative Assistant

MARIT MEDEFIND, Music and Worship Coordinator

BETH LOREDO, Organist and Pianist